Labour is today warning that the Conservatives are failing children in the North West with a stealth cut to school funding that could set back support for children to recover learning and social development lost during the pandemic.
Labour analysis of freedom of information requests reveal that at least 6,868 children in the North West will miss out on extra support to help them fulfil their potential, as Government funding changes come into force. Across the whole region, as many as 19,600 children could be missing out on this support.
Labour’s analysis reveals that across the North West schools could be losing over £22 million in funding. The impact of this could set back school’s attempts to help children settle back into school and recover missed teaching. In Trafford, one primary school reported it will miss out on £17,485 in funding. This money could almost fund an additional teaching assistant to support pupils across the next year.
Kate Green MP, Shadow Education Secretary, said:
“The Conservatives’ are failing children in the North West with this stealth cut to school budgets.
“Their mishandling of the Covid crisis has kept children out of school, missing out on learning and time with friends, and now they are cutting support to help children most likely to have struggled to learn at home.
“The Conservatives have neglected children through this pandemic and now risk leaving them behind in our recovery.”